Your eyelid is a thin fold of skin that covers and protects the eyeball, keeping the eye surface moist by spreading tears on the cornea.

A few things can happen that create abnormalities in the eyelids. Your eyelids are much like the rest of the skin on your body in that they can get infected, inflamed or develop cancer. Sometimes eyelids turn inside out, droop or involuntarily blink or twitch.

Here are a few common treatable problems with eyelids:

  • Dermatochalasis (Excess eyelid skin)
  • Ptosis (Drooping eyelids)
  • Blepharitis (inflammation in the eyelid oil glands)
  • Chalazion (commonly called styes)


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